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“No-frills hotel, excellent location” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Princesa 33 - 35, 08003 Barcelona, Spain (El Born / La Ribera)   |  
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Ranked #167 of 514 Hotels in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Boston
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“No-frills hotel, excellent location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I've been rereading the reviews since I got back from Barcelona to see if they are rigged, but they seem legitimate. As a reasonably seasoned traveler in Europe, I am puzzled to see anyone rate this hotel with five stars. It is an okay hotel, but the TripAdvisor aggregate is out of whack.

The location is excellent if you like the El Born district. You can walk to the Gothic District and La Rambla very easily, and right nearby are many restaurants, the Picasso Museum, and the Park Cuitadella. We did walk to Sagrada Familia, but it is quite a long walk. It is not nearby Placa Catalunya, which is about a mile away. Walkable, but not nearby, as some people describe. You would not want to walk from there with your luggage. That's just wrong. (We took a shared-ride shuttle from the airport, which was door-to-door, and it costs less than a taxi.)

As far as the hotel goes, it was bare bones. Our room was one of the smaller ones, to be sure, but there were no frills at all, unless you think hot water and soap are frills. No clock, no coffee maker, no paintings, one pillow per person. Small window with no view. The TV didn't work, the heat controls didn't work, the drain in the bathroom sink was slow. I didn't complain--we wouldn't have watched TV, and I just opened a window from the excessive heat. (None of this made me particularly unhappy, but compared to a five-star review, these are factors that would make it not earn that rating.)

There was wireless throughout the hotel and a computer/printer center. There was also bottled water available for no extra charge. The breakfast for 12 euros was average. I have had hotel breakfast buffets in Europe--Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg--that were much, much (much!) better than this one, and the attendant in the restaurant was not very helpful, so again, I'm puzzled when people raved about this breakfast. If you are lucky and are there when there are the Catalan omelets, these are good, but they were only there one of the two times I ate there. (You can get bacon and eggs cooked to order.) Otherwise, it is unexceptional: two cheeses, two hams, croissant, yogurt and granola, melon, juice, coffee, some breads and jams.

The rooms are quite quiet, so you can sleep well. I didn't mind the hard beds, and these may be typical for Spain. There was a safe in the room.

The help at the desk was generally helpful, although their recommendations for restaurants were not good (one to a very Americanized place and the other to a bar that was closed), so we stopped asking. They booked us tickets to the Flamenco dancers and were friendly and helpful with this request. No one in Barcelona seems to know that the best way to get to Montjuc from this area is to take the 55 bus from Arc de Triomphe or one of the other stops nearby, and I offered this info to the receptionist. (Google maps knew it better than any local!)

It was clean and tidy but hardly impeccable. Would I stay here again? For the price ($115/night) and location, I just might. But be aware that the 4 to 4.5 stars you are seeing on TripAdvisor are quite subjective from what seems like a very naive set of travelers. My son felt this deserved two stars in TripAdvisor, but I think taking all factors into account, it was average.

Please see photos for smudged walls, broken mirror, and teeny sitting area. (As I mentioned, this was a very small room--others had a better sitting area that included a desk.)

Room Tip: Ask not to have the smallest type of room, as there is really no sitting area.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Padiham
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We spent a long weekend at the Ciutat de Barcelona in January this year. The hotel is walking distance from Placa de Catalunya (Where the Aerobus stops from the airport) and is really centrally located for more or less everything. The room was spacious and clean and the rooftop area was marvelous for evening drinks but a bit col for swimming in January. The staff could not have been more helpful, ringing for taxis, helping out at breakfast etc.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Hi

We have spent 5 nights in this great hotel
The rooms are neat & in great condition. Clean, spacious - perfect
The staff was very nice and accommodating with helpful tips
Location is great (next to PIcaso Museum) and surrounded with some great restaurants

Highly recommended

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Fantastic hotel, fantastic location, great breakfast, and very helpful staff. First visit to Barcelona, and found the hotel in the middle of the Le Born area with narrows alleys, tapas bars, shops and magnificent churches. Would definitely stay there again. Central to all sites.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

My hubby and I stayed at the hotel Ciutat for 4 nights in November 2012. The location was fantastic, took about 30 seconds to walk to Picasso Musuem, loveley restaurants and bars close for a late drink. The room was immaculate and cleaned every day. The bathroom was modern & really roomy with a huge walk in shower and as much hot water as we needed. The staff were helpful and friendly, all speaking perfect English.
We did not eat at the hotel so cannot comment. The Metro station was about 3/4 minutes walk away but we found it so easy to find our way around that it was no [problem.
Biggest thrill was going to watch Barcelona FC play at Nou camp stadium. We did not pre-book, just arrived at the stadium an hour before the game and bought fantastic seat tickets when we arrived for 18 euros. Worth every penny (cent!). Can recommend the open top bus too.

Room Tip: The bed was a little bit uncomfortable but that is the only negative comment I can add.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Front desk staff was fast,helpful and friendly.
Picasso museum, good bars and lots of shops are around the corner!
Walking distance to a lot of attractions.
Did not book breakfast as good cafes in the neighbourhood.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Princesa 33 - 35, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Born / La Ribera
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#155 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
#186 Family Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona 3*
Number of rooms: 78
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